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Dairy Profit Seminars

August 6 - 8, 2019 at Empire Farm Days

The Empire Farm Days Dairy Profit Seminars are held each year for dairy producers, dairy farm staff and agribusiness professionals to provide money-saving, latest trend, and practical strategies to the industry. PRO-DAIRY partners with and Northeast Dairy Producers Association to host the annual presentations.

Empire Farm Days is the annual agricultural and rural living showcase held each August at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY. Admission is free; parking is $10 per vehicle. Find more information at or call 877-697-7837.

2019 Schedule

Tuesday, August 6

10:00 a.m. Welcome & Introductions
Joel Hastings,
10:15 a.m. Facilities - Research, Renovations and Low-Cost Solutions for Tie-Stalls
Betsy Hicks and Lindsay Ferlito, Cornell Cooperative Extension
10:45 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Managing NY Robotic Milking Systems: What We’ve Learned
Bob Church
11:45 a.m. Break
12:45 p.m. Corn Silage Harvest Strategy: One Chance to Get it Right
Joe Lawrence, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
1:15 p.m. Calf Housing Ventilation: What's the Latest?
Curt Gooch, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
1:45 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Keynote Presentation
Adapting to an Evolving Northeast Dairy Industry
Tom Overton, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY and Animal Science

Wednesday, August 7

10:00 a.m. Welcome & Introductions
Joel Hastings,
10:15 a.m. Where are Milk Prices Headed?
Christine Brodeur, DFA Northeast
10:45 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Outlook for Dairy in the Northeast
Catherine de Ronde, Agri-Mark Cooperative
11:45 a.m. Break
12:45 p.m. Keys to Making Your Dairy Farm Business Work
Greg McConnell, Farm Credit East
1:15 p.m. What Drives Your Milk Price?
Dr. Larry Jones, FARME Institute
1:45 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Panel Discussion with all speakers
Moderator: Jason Karszes, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY
3:00 p.m. Speakers available for individual discussions

Thursday, August 8

10:00 a.m.

NYS Junior DAIRY LEADER Program Graduation
Led by Debbie Grusenmeyer, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY

Refreshments will be provided following the ceremony


Sponsors are six firms serving dairy farmers in the Northeast.

  • ASAP Interiors, Morrisville, NY
  • AMTS LLC, Groton, NY
  • DFA Northeast, Syracuse, NY
  • Farm Credit East, Enfield, CT
  • Farm Family Insurance – American National, Albany, NY
  • Pikeside Enterprises, Gainesville, NY.